Combat Fatigue: Insomnia
No synopsis in Educational Film Guide.
Ken Smith sez: A U.S. Navy training film starring Dick York. Dick's buddy can't get to sleep, so the omniscient narrator sets him straight. The scene with Dick on a merry-go-round in his dreams is unusual.
Navy men enter recreation hall and watch Donald Duck cartoon. [Cartoon protected]
VS good reaction shots of servicemen movie audience (laughing. One man remains serious while others laugh. Reaction shots. Laughter)
Navy recruit lights his buddy's cigarette
Naval barracks. rows of beds. Sailors. One man helps the other one off with his shirt.
Young men shower and shave. Dick York in shower.
CU wristwatch on wrist. 1:20. CU watch. 10:44, second hand moving. Inside of watch is shown with gears.
Young men asleep in bed, tossing and turning
Dreams appear above Dick York's head
Mechanic lying under car fixes transmission
Sailors on cafeteria line in mess hall.
Dick York United States Navy insomnia fatigue sleep dream Danger Lurks Safety
Subject: Dick York is only 16 or 17 in this film...
Subject: insomnia, The true story
Subject: Sleeper Hit of '45
This is a strange film on many levels, and it never really hits a discernable stride in it's pacing but it's well worth watching. Since discovering this site, I have really gotten into Dick's early work, and am no longer able to see "Bewiched" re-runs in the same light as before.
Subject: Before overprescription of pyscho active drugs ..
Having dealt with this kind of occasional insomnia, I found this movie to be extremely insightful and practical. Those kinds of things really did work for me, and I've never seen any kind of instructional video to that effect before, I figured most of it out on my own. This video would have been useful to me 10 or so years ago.
Subject: Social Guidance Goes to War!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.
Subject: Dick York and Who?
The film is really rather mysterious in that it seems it is about more than just the subject of insomnia,
perhaps having to do with deeper emotions involving war.
A fasinating mix of tones, very well directed,
and a great job by both actors.
Subject: Dick York: Sex Object!
The film itself is okay, a way too talky picture about dealing with insomnia, heading it off with a great Donald Duck cartoon. but the real fun begins after it, with the soldier starts whining about not getting any sleep, while looking meaningfully at Mr. York. Meanwhile, they go SHOWER, and the the image of Mr. York showering just hammers the hidden subtext of this movie home, baby! After that, they go to bed, the private is STILL looking at Dick York, while the narrator blathers on about Insomnia.
A total must see on this site!